BMSC12012 - Applied Molecular and Cellular Pathology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Molecular and cellular pathology involves the study of disease processes at the molecular level and allows diagnosis of disease through the detection of genetic mutations, dysregulated gene expression and non functional or cytotoxic proteins. In this unit, you will understand the role of cellular genetic material and associated genetic rearrangements and mutations. You will explore the application of molecular techniques, such polymerase chain reaction and next generation sequencing, and their revolutionary impact on diagnostic testing.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:

BIOL12106 Molecular Biology

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 40%
2. Online Test 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40.63% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Improve assessment feedback and return to students
Recommendation
Students will be provided with comprehensive assessment feedback and this will be returned within the designated timeframe.
Action Taken
Comprehensive feedback was communicated following the development of smart rubrics for assessment 1. All feedback was delivered within 1 week of submission.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Students expressed a preference for a consistent background for the PowerPoint lecture slides.
Recommendation
Teaching staff to implement only one background on slides to provide consistency.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations
Feedback
Students found the group task challenging.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinator to consult with other UCs who have written group tasks and provide more guidance into completing group task to maximise students' learning experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations and self reflection
Feedback
Students requested formative H5P image quizzes to help students recognise molecules and cells.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinator to write H5P quizzes for weekly topics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluations and self reflection
Feedback
Students appreciated the content and the organisation of the unit.
Recommendation
Ensure students continue to receive weekly updates and assessment feedback is given promptly.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the molecular basis of disease, in terms of gene mutations or rearrangements, and their detection
  2. Describe the relationship of disease to epigenetic modification of the genome
  3. Explain the process of identifying genetic changes and their significance
  4. Explain the use of molecular pathology in disease diagnosis and / or prevention and treatment, including the development of personalised medicines.

The learning outcomes achieved are linked to the objectives of the accrediting body, Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Work
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Work
2 - Online Test